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Nikon Coolpix S32
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Nikon Coolpix S32 Digital Camera

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13.2MP 3x Feb 2014
Megapixel Waterproof Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
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Digitalkamera Nikon Coolpix S32 ausgepackt und getestet (Unboxing / Test) 06.06.2014

21 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The reviewer at PhotographyBlog.com wrote that concluded that they would recommend this camera and gave it their "Recommended" award.

Expert Reviews Are Average

This Nikon camera has an average expert rating of 71% based on eight expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Techradar and Digital Versus.

Excellent User Reviews

Based on 9 user reviews this camera has a terrific average user rating. If all the cameras that were released more than two years ago are ranked by average user review score then this waterproof camera is in the top 20%.

Robust

Six people who purchased the Nikon Coolpix S32 thought it was good at resisting water ingress. Two years ago Matthew Green said on Amazon “Brilliant little camera, easy to use and great for taking underwater pictures”. T J Merrick scored it very highly and said “Excellent waterproof camera” in their review. Ephotozine.com mentioned on expert website Ephotozine “The Nikon Coolpix S32 is an easy to use waterproof camera” in their review.

Three Nikon Coolpix S32 reviewers who reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S32 thought it was strong and durable. Expert website Ephotozine.com mentioned “Is shockproof to 1.5m, compared to 5m / 1.3m on its predecessor” in their review. Photographyblog.com mentioned on expert website PhotographyBlog.com “The S32 is also shockproof, waterproof and dustproof” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix S32 and rated this digital camera 80 out of 100. Techradar wrote in their review of this digital camera “Shockproof and family friendly”.

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Easy to Use

Some customers who reviewed the product thought it was easy to use. T J Merrick wrote on Amazon “Simple to use, good results for a camera at this price”.

Nikon Digital Cameras Have Good Reviews

Waterproof cameras manufactured by Nikon have good reviews on average. We also checked the reviews for all digital cameras (not just waterproof cameras) and found that Nikon also has good reviews across its entire range.

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Good Size

Two Nikon Coolpix S32 reviewers thought the product was compact. Expert review site Digitalversus.com mentioned “For some reason, Nikon is the only brand that sells a waterproof compact camera specifically targeted towards families”.

One Nikon Coolpix S32 owner said in their reviews that it was a good body shape. Techradar rated the product 70 out of 100 and said “Fun, simple body”.

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Good Quality Pictures

Three customers wrote in their reviews that the product had a good image sensor. Ephotozine.com mentioned in their review on expert review site Ephotozine “This new model now has a 13 megapixel sensor, is waterproof to 10m” and gave it a rating of 70 out of 100. Expert review site Digitalversus.com said “Now the Coolpix S32 is here with a new 13-Megapixel CMOS sensor, Full HD video recording”. Digitalversus.com also wrote “Nikon stepped things up compared to the previous models by adding a 13 Mpx CMOS sensor and Full HD video”.

A few Nikon Coolpix S32 owners who purchased this digital camera considered that it was able to produce good images. R. Caetano mentioned on Amazon “Good camera for a pool, for sea it needs a lot of light to get good pictures so I cannot recommend it for sea” but they rated the product 60 out of 100.

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Good Video Capture

Several customers said that it was good for video recording.

Good Quality Lens

Two customers who reviewed it concluded that it had a good zoom. Ephotozine.com wrote in their review on Ephotozine three years ago “It remains one of the cheapest waterproof cameras on the market with optical zoom, so it's ideal for family trips to the pool or holidays”. Expert website Photographyblog.com said in their Nikon Coolpix S32 review in the same month “Featuring a fully internal 3x optical zoom and 13 megapixel sensor”.

Nice Design

One person reckoned that the product was good looking. Three years ago expert review site Photographyblog.com mentioned in their review “The Nikon Coolpix S32 continues the sleek, good looking waterproof cameras in the S range”.

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Coolpix S32 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Coolpix S32.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix S32, the Nikon Coolpix S32 has a built-in flash.

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Waterproof

The Coolpix S32 is waterproof. Most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the Coolpix S32 also are waterproof.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on digital cameras of a similar age and type to it.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras that have a CMOS sensor and we think because of it's better review score, the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850[plb_2167574_price] is also worth considering.

If the sensor type of this waterproof camera is not good enough for you then you might also want to look at the Nikon 31[plb_1721874_price] (CCD).

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector Type

The number of HDMI connector types found on the Coolpix S32 is more than most waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as it. This Nikon digital camera has a Micro HDMI connector type, which is the most frequently found HDMI connector type found on cameras of this age and type.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the Nikon Coolpix S32 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Coolpix S32. This camera also supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is actually the best supported video resolution across all waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix S32.

Across similar types of digital camera the worst supported video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras of this age and spec.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This digital camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is the most commonly found light exposure correction on waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The number of power sources supported by the Coolpix S32 is more than most waterproof cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most frequently supported power source type supported by cameras of this spec and age.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is the most commonly found focus adjustment on digital cameras of this type and age.

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19 Reasons Against

Poor Support

One customer who reviewed it thought it did not have good technical guidance. Techradar wrote in their review “Very limited manual control” but despite that they still gave it a score of 4 stars.

Unacceptable Noise Level

One customer considered that it was not noisy. Techradar mentioned in their review of the Nikon Coolpix S32 two years ago “Noisy images at IS 400” but in spite of that they still rated the product 4 stars.

Does Not Support Video Capability

Like most of the other cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Coolpix S32, the Coolpix S32 does not support video capability.

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also support video capability including the Nikon Coolpix S8200[plb_1656150_price].

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most digital cameras of a similar type and age to the Coolpix S32 do not have a GPS (satellite). The Coolpix S32 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than two years, the Coolpix S32 does not support wi-Fi.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most cameras of a similar spec and age to the Coolpix S32 do not support Full HD video. The Nikon Coolpix S32 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

We compared all the other cameras which also support Full HD video to this camera and we think the Sony DSC-TX30[plb_1621820_price] is also worth considering.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other cameras of this type and age, the Coolpix S32 is not 3D.

Digital cameras which are 3D that might also be worth considering include the Panasonic DMC-FT5[plb_1943538_price].

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Quite Small Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of only 3 times zoom factor, the Nikon Coolpix S32 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The optical zooms of digital cameras of this spec and age range from 3x to 10x.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 3x optical zoom cameras currently available including the Nikon Coolpix S8200[plb_1656150_price] which has better reviews.

If you want a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to consider the Ricoh WG-4 GPS[plb_2626383_price] (4x).

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Quite Small Digital Zoom

The Coolpix S32 has one of the smaller digital zooms (only 4 times zoom factor) amongst waterproof cameras of this age. The smallest digital zoom of waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Coolpix S32 is 2x and the biggest is 20x.

Alternative 4x digital zoom cameras currently available which you might want to consider include the Nikon Coolpix S8200[plb_1656150_price] which has better reviews.

If this waterproof camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the Ricoh WG-4 GPS[plb_2626383_price] (7.2x).

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Only Features One Flash Modes

The Nikon Coolpix S32 has a greater number of flash modes than most similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on digital cameras of this age and type.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of cameras of this type and age is 4.7mm and the longest is 270mm. At only 90 millimeters, the Nikon Coolpix S32 has a quite short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Low ISO Sensitivity (max)

With an ISO sensitivity (max) of only 1,600, the Nikon Coolpix S32 has a fairly low ISO sensitivity (max) compared to most of the other cameras that have been available for more than two years. Across all the comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix S32 the ISO sensitivity (max)s range from 200 to 52,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 7,000.

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Only 2272 X 1704 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Nikon Coolpix S32 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This digital camera has a 2272 x 1704 still image resolution(s), whereas most comparable spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as it have a 2736 x 1824 still image resolution(s). This Nikon camera also have a still image resolution(s) of 4160 x 3120 and 1600 x 1200. The best still image resolution of all cameras that have been around for more than two years is 6016 x 4016 and the worst is 384 x 480.

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Only 220 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

Most similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix S32 take between 120 and 1,119 battery life (CIPA standard)s, including the Coolpix S32 which takes 220 battery life (CIPA standard)s.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

With a display resolution (numeric) of only 230,000 pixels, the Coolpix S32 has a quite low display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Coolpix S32. Waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago have display resolution (numeric)s of between 150,000 pixels and 1,300,000 pixels.

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Very Small Internal Memory

The Nikon Coolpix S32 has a fairly small internal memory (only 25 megabytes) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. The average internal memory of similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix S32 is 80MB.

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The number of supported image formats on the Nikon Coolpix S32 is more than most cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by digital cameras of this type and age.

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Very Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

At 125, the Nikon Coolpix S32 has a very big ISO sensitivity (min) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix S32. The average ISO sensitivity (min) of waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago is 100.

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Quite Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The shortest minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Coolpix S32 is 4.5mm and the longest is 35mm. The Coolpix S32 has a very long minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) (30 millimeters) compared to most of the other cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix S32.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Nikon Coolpix S32

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this waterproof camera was released.

SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most commonly supported compatible memory cards on digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including because of it's better review score, the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850[plb_2167574_price].

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Average Waterproof Up to

At 10 meters, the Nikon Coolpix S32 has a pretty average waterproof up to compared to most of the other cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Coolpix S32.

Digital cameras with a higher waterproof up to that might be worth looking at include the Ricoh WG-4 GPS[plb_2626383_price] (14m), or the Canon PowerShot D30[plb_2336026_price] (25m).

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Average Display Diagonal

At 2.7 inches, the Nikon Coolpix S32 has a relatively standard display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

We compared this camera to all the other 2.7" screen digital cameras and we think the Nikon Coolpix S8200[plb_1656150_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this Nikon camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to look at the Canon PowerShot D30[plb_2336026_price] (3"), or the Ricoh WG-4 GPS[plb_2626383_price] (3").

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Average Megapixel

The Coolpix S32 has a pretty standard megapixel (13.2 megapixels) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type.

We compared all the other 13.2MP cameras to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix S8200[plb_1656150_price] is also worth considering.

Cameras with a higher megapixel that might be worth considering include the Ricoh WG-4 GPS[plb_2626383_price] (16.79MP).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Image Sensor Size
Design
Waterproof
Colour of Product
Waterproof Up to
International Protection (IP) Code
Shock Resistant
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Normal Focusing Range
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Pre-Flash
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Resolution At Capture Speed
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
Camera
White Balance
Self-Timer Delay
Camera File System
Tripod Mountable
Camera Playback
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Type
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Other Features
Built-In Flash

1 Award

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Expert Reviews

(11)
24 January 2015

You'll have to accept that its toughness does come at the expense of image quality and zoom range, but you'll be hard-pressed to find a tougher camera for less cash...

Water and shock proof
Easy to use
Full HD video recording
Creative effects
Fun, simple body
Underwhelming image quality
Slippery casing
Very limited manual control
Poor LCD viewing angles
Picture quality when zoomed in
24 January 2015

You'll have to accept that its toughness does come at the expense of image quality and zoom range, but you'll be hard-pressed to find a tougher camera for less cash...

6 January 2015

The Coolpix S32 is a fun camera for the whole family that takes pretty okay pictures. Nikon stepped things up compared to the previous models by adding a 13 Mpx CMOS sensor and Full HD video. A...

13 November 2014

The Nikon Coolpix S32 offers a higher resolution sensor and deeper waterproofing than the S31. It remains one of the cheapest waterproof cameras on the market with optical zoom, so it's ideal for...

5 September 2014

PhotographyBlog.com

The Nikon Coolpix S32 continues the sleek, good looking waterproof cameras in the S range. Featuring a fully internal 3x optical zoom and 13 megapixel sensor, the S32 is also shockproof,... Read more…

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User Reviews

(5)
Reviewed 9 April 2015 by Matthew Green
(Verified Purchase)

Brilliant little camera, easy to use and great for taking underwater pictures.

Reviewed 31 March 2015 by T J Merrick
(Verified Purchase)

Excellent waterproof camera. Simple to use, good results for a camera at this price.

Reviewed 3 January 2015 by Anna
(Verified Purchase)

Item as described. Fast delivery.

Reviewed 26 December 2014 by A. Mcquillan
(Verified Purchase)
Reviewed 26 September 2014 by R. Caetano "Ricardo"
(Verified Purchase)

Good camera for a pool, for sea it needs a lot of light to get good pictures so I cannot recommend it for sea.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers ncs133, s32yellow, nikon 26461, nikon vna852e1
Barcodes 00018208264612, 00018208939411, 00018208939459, 00018208939497, 00018208939527, 00018208997435, 00018208997459, 00018208997527, 00018208997534, 00018208997541, 00018208997558, 00616348082044, 00616348082051, 02003032983004, 05054230628478, 05054230628485, 05712505146736, 08033737553459, 08033737553466, 08033737553473, 08033737553480
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